Halloween: the holiday dedicated to remembering the dead.
There is a haunting beauty to the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. Built in 1804 on 110 acres in Eastern Paris Pere – Lachaise is a stroll through history. The list of those buried there reads like a who’s who dating back to the French Revolution and memorializes the lives of philosophers, writers, actors, and musicians – Jim Morrison, one of the most famous of the latter group. Today his story still holds mystery. There are a million stories here famous and not so.
October 31, the observance of Halloween in many parts of the world, is a special day for me for very personal reasons. Twelve years ago I faced one of my greatest challenges with the love and support of my family and friends. Each year, as the calendar turns to October 31, I stop and give thanks to the living.